I don’t often do product reviews on the blog, but a couple of weeks ago I was sent a lovely parcel, full of tea-licious goodies to try from Williamson Tea, a fifth generation tea farming business based here in the UK, and I wanted to show them to you guys, in case you’re a fellow tea lover or are looking for a Christmas gift for one.
The Tea Caddy
Possibly my favourite item from the whole package was the beautiful elephant tea caddy. (My mum would have been jumping up and down with joy if she saw this because she collects tea caddies and other pretty tins.) Unless I’m shopping for a gift for someone else, most of the tea I buy comes in regular boxes, so this is actually my very first tea caddy – and it’s so pretty!
They have a whole collection, all with different colours and patterns (you can check them out here) and they’re honestly all gorgeous. I think my two favourites are Retro Grey – which comes with loose Early Grey tea – and Snowflake, which has Kenyan Earth teabags in it. Mine is called Tea Time, and it came with 20 loose leaf Earl Grey teabags. Even if the teabags are gone, I’m definitely keeping the tin – it’s gorgeous and quite big as well, so it’ll be perfect for storing other teabags later on!
Snowflake is also included in their Christmas Special gift set (and it does look like a perfect gift for Christmas, if you have a tea-lover in your life), which includes the tea caddy with 20 tea bags and one of their #KeepOnWandering enamel mugs.
And, as a plus, The Williamson Tea Foundation supports the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, which means that £1 from the sale of every caddy sold on their website will be donated to help keep elephants wandering in the wild.
The Tea and the Enamel Mug
I also got a (very retro) enamel mug with my tea caddy, which, again, my mum would have loved even more than I did. She used to have a similar mug when she was younger and she used it all the time – apparently, even I did when I was little! It’s a cute little mug but it’s a bit smaller than what I’m used to.
It seems smaller than… you know, normal sized mugs, so if I used this all day long, I would probably need more refills than I usually do. On the plus side, it’s great for travelling and you can’t break it!
The tea itself is really nice, though – and the teabags are quite big as well, so they could probably be used for an entire pot. I put mine in the enamel mug so it didn’t need much brewing – for me, 2 minutes is usually enough, but you might need to leave it in for a bit longer if you’re making a whole pot.
I love Early Grey and I’ve tried different brands throughout the years, but I noticed that they all taste a little bit different (or is it just me?). It tastes different depending on whether you buy teabags or loose tea – and even different brands’ tea is not the same. Interestingly, with this one, I felt a very subtle honey flavour (which is probably just me) – but it has a really lovely and very subtle taste, so I’m looking forward to enjoying the remaining 19 teabags! 🙂
Many thanks to Williamson Tea for the gorgeous package and for letting me try their tea!